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This section contains three appendices: (i) vision: range of uses of term in late medieval England, (ii) byland abbey ghost stories as contemporary accounts, and (iii)additional visions and vision types. The term ‘vision’ was used to describe a wide variety of supernatural experiences in the Middle Ages. It referred to apparitions or visitations of angels, saints, the Virgin Mary, Christ, and ghosts. The term vision was used to describe visitations or apparitions, auditions, predictive and/or symbolic dreams, eucharistic sights, and glimpses of and journeys to the otherworld. A number of factors make it clear that the Byland Abbey ghost stories were contemporary stories rather than ‘exempla.’ The Byland Abbey stories, however, all took place within the Yorkshire region, near where the Byland Abbey was located, and the references were quite specific. This embued them with a sense of immediacy and rootedness.

Keywords: byland abbey ghost stories; late medieval England; vision types



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